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MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board to meet Aug. 20

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet in Raleigh on Monday to discuss the board’s GenX report and trichloroethylene vapor intrusion and action levels, among other topics. The meeting will also include a presentation on hexavalent chromium from Health Canada, the Canadian government agency which oversees national public health programs, research and initiatives. The full agenda is available online at:

EPA to NC: Lower Cape Fear River Swamp Supplemental Classification Denied

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their denial of the Lower Cape Fear River (LCFR) supplemental classification as swamp waters. The original effort to push to reclassify the river was driven by the previous administration, approved by the EMC in 2015, and eventually submitted to the EPA earlier this year.

Division of Air Quality to take action on methyl bromide log fumigation

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is taking comprehensive action on the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation operations. A review of current and proposed facilities, including the Malec Brothers Transport operation in Columbus County, made clear the need for specific state regulations for methyl bromide use.

State seeks feedback on draft permit and consent order for Asheville Steam Electric Plant

Monday, July 23, 2018

The N.C. Division of Water Resources is seeking public feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent has been requested by Duke Energy to address issues related to seeps from coal ash basins at the Buncombe County facility.

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